Our Partners / Supporting Organizations
Egyptian Businessmen’s Association
EBA was founded in 1975 and ratified in 1979 under the law 32/1964. EBA is a non-governmental, non-for-profit organization that seeks to unify the efforts of private Egyptian interests in contributing to the productivity and efficient national economic and social development of Egypt. In order to carry out these duties, EBA had to be in the first place a lobbying power on behalf of the Egyptian business community to protect its interests and enhance the private sector existence. Presently, the Egyptian economy does not act under planned forces but rather under the free market forces. With all these privatization programs and the growing private sector share in the GDP together with the globalization process, the Egyptian private sector needs to prove itself locally, as well as, internationally. Accordingly, the Egyptian Businessmen’s Association has modified its activities to satisfy the new needs of the Egyptian business community, as a service provider and a catalyst facilitator as well as a lobbying and advocacy power.
Egypt State Information Service
Established in 1954, Egypt State Information Service is the nation’s main informational, awareness and public relations agency.
On 6/9/2012 a decree was issued to transfer the affiliation of (SIS) from the Ministry of Information to the Presidency of the Republic. SIS serves the nation through its headquarters in Cairo and its network of 64 domestic and 32 international press offices.
SIS operates in the following fields:
Domestic Informational Services: Including providing access to government information, awareness-raising in areas such as family planning, environmental protection, literacy, political participation…etc. Additionally, SIS media offices provide access, at symbolic rates, to computer and internet facilities, as well as conference and screening rooms.
International Public Relations and Diplomacy: including staffing and managing 32 press offices around the globe which monitor and maintain a dialogue with the global press. SIS facilitates the work of international journalists operating in Egypt through its Foreign Press Center and its recently established Cairo Foreign Press Club.
General Authority for Investment and Free Zones
GAFI is an affiliate of the Ministry of Investment (MOI) and the principal government body regulating and facilitating investment in Egypt.
Although the authority retains its traditional regulatory powers, GAFI today is an effective, proactive investment promotion agency with promotion, facilitation, business matchmaking, Egyptian expatriates, events, investor aftercare, and research and market intelligence functions.
As Egypt’s one-stop shop for investment, GAFI eases the way for global investors looking to harness opportunities presented by Egypt’s fast-growing domestic economy and the nation’s robust competitive advantages as an export hub for Europe, the Arab world and Africa.
GAFI’s investor care officers also ensure that client feedback is channeled into government agencies with a view towards continuously enhancing and reforming Egypt’s investment climate. In addition to promoting Egypt’s investment opportunities in various sectors, GAFI is launching new initiatives aimed at promoting the investment climate in Egypt including the adoption of new investment regimes (investment zones and special economic zones) and the establishment of the SME Entrepreneurial Center and Fund (Bedaya).
Egyptian Junior Business Association
Egyptian Junior Business Association (EJB) was founded in 1999 by a group of Egyptian Businessmen working to provide the base that enable discerning business leadership for changing the Egyptian society and the development of culture of excellence and moral commitment by introducing effective economic, social and environmental initiatives and to be one of the most prominent business associations that contribute the development of the business environment and the positive impact in the Egyptian community
We engage in all our activities with vigor, persistence, and Enthusiasm to achieve the overall objectives. We strive to operate within a professional, structured, disciplined and sustainable framework that leads to outstanding achievements while promoting culture of excellence.
The British Egyptian Business Association
The British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization serving the interests of the British/Egyptian business community. BEBA was established in 1996 with 100 members. Today, it has over 700 members, covering a broad cross-section of leading British and Egyptian corporations and individuals.
BEBA offers a wide range of services to its members, such as opening channels of communication between British and Egyptian businesses, organizing trade missions between the two countries, showcasing current key business issues through workshops and seminars, and lobbying for change at a governmental level on behalf of BEBA’s members. BEBA also provides access to senior UK and Egyptian government officials.
Egyptian Private Equity Association
EPEA is a non-profit association committed to supporting and developing the private equity and venture capital industry in Egypt and the surrounding region(s). Our main objective is to foster private investment in Egypt and the region, via boosting communication within the region’s private equity and venture capital networks and facilitating knowledge sharing, in order to encourage overall economic growth. EPEA was founded by a distinguished group of PE & VC industry professionals and reputable institutions, with the aim of creating a unified body to represent the industry and be in charge of its development on the macro level, as well as establishing a local and regional hub to set industry standards in light of international best practices.
The Asia Egypt Business Association
Its main mission is to advance the industrial, commercial, professional and public interests of the ASIAN Egyptian business community, locally, nationally, and internationally. To promote and facilitate relations between Egypt and the ASIAN businesses and investment communities by providing information on conducting business in Egypt and the different ASIAN member countries; to provide business and economic data and analysis about Egypt and Asia; to organize local and international seminars, conferences, and exhibitions to promote trade and investment opportunities by and between Asia and Egypt; to promote the interests of corporations, and groups and associations who are engaged in businesses activities in different member countries by networking; and to promote, teach and disseminate educational material to the public including, but not limited to, materials relating to business development, cross-cultural education, and inter-ethnic and international cooperation.
The Confederation of Indian Industry
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is a premier business association in India which works to create an environment conducive to the growth of industry in the country.
CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India’s development process. Founded in 1895, India’s premier business association has over 8,300 members, from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 200,000 enterprises from around 250 national and regional sectoral industry bodies.
CII works closely with the Government on policy issues, interfacing with thought leaders, and enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and business opportunities for industry through a range of specialized services and strategic global linkages. With 66 offices, including 9 Centres of Excellence, in India, and 10 overseas offices in Australia, Bahrain, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Singapore, UK, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States, as well as institutional partnerships with 344 counterpart organizations in 129 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.
International Thought Engagements
Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House)
Middle East and North Africa Programme & Second Century Initiative
In 2016, Chatham House was named Think Tank of the Year at Prospect magazine’s annual think-tank awards, where it also won in the UK categories for International Affairs and Energy and Environment. The judges commented that the institute’s work is ‘reliably excellent’ and a ‘gold standard of knowledge and professionalism’. Chatham House consistently ranks highly in the University of Pennsylvania’s annual Global Go To Think Tank Index, where it has been assessed by its peers as the No. 1 think-tank outside the US for nine consecutive years, No. 2 worldwide for the past six years and was ranked Think Tank of the Year in the survey published in January 2017. The institute’s reports, papers, books and other research outputs are a vital resource for leaders and policy-makers in government, the private sector and civil society. International Affairs, Britain’s leading journal of international relations, was founded by and is edited at the institute. The institute’s magazine, The World Today, provides authoritative analysis and up-to-date commentary on current topics. The Chatham House library has one of the longest-standing specialist collections of material on international affairs in the United Kingdom. The collections are digitally archived and searchable.
Chatham House is independent and owes no allegiance to any government or to any political body. It does not take institutional positions on policy issues.
Fidinam Foundation Switzerland
The Fidinam Foundation, a nonprofit entity founded in 2008, contributes to sustain nonprofit initiatives in the fields of education, research and health as well as various projects with social and economic background in Ticino and in Switzerland. So far, the total amount of donations has exceeded five million Swiss Francs. The Foundation is chaired by Dr. Tito Tettamanti, honorary President of Fidinam Group.
Università della Svizzera Italiana
Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) is one of the 12 certified public universities in Switzerland and member of Swiss universities. It is comprised of five faculties and is active in several study and research areas: architecture, communication sciences, computational science, data science, economics, health studies, humanities, informatics, law, medicine and biomedicine.
USI is a young and lively university, a hub of opportunity open to the world where students are offered a quality interdisciplinary education in which they can be fully engaged and take centre stage, and where our researchers can count on having the space to freely pursue their initiative.
Around 3000 students and about 800 professors and researchers, hailing from over 100 countries, convene every day on the three campuses in Lugano, Mendrisio and Bellinzona. The relatively small size of the campuses encourages the free flow and open exchange of ideas within the academic community. USI encourages faculty, students and researchers to develop their potential, and appreciates their curiosity and willingness to experiment with new ways of teaching, thinking, and working.
Established in 1996, USI is in constant evolution, always taking on new challenges while remaining true to its three guiding principles: quality, openness and responsibility.
Franklin University Switzerland
Chartered in 1969, Franklin University Switzerland was born out of the former Fleming College and founded as a non-profit, independent, post-secondary institution under the name of Franklin College Switzerland. The institution is named for Benjamin Franklin, the United States’ first ambassador to France, and it has stressed, since its incarnation, the importance of international studies as the basis for a strong, global education. Franklin College Switzerland obtained United States accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 1975, confirmed most recently in 2010. Having obtained Swiss program-level accreditation in 2005, Franklin was granted full university institution accreditation by the Swiss University Conference in 2013, making it the only university in the world to be accredited in the United States and Switzerland. Swiss accreditation as a university institution gave Franklin the right to call itself a university in Switzerland, and in April 2014, the institution officially changed its name and celebrated its inauguration as Franklin University Switzerland.
The Amman Center for Peace and Development (ACPD)
The Amman Center for Peace and Development (ACPD) is a non-profit organization, which was established in 1999, that focuses on strengthening civil society capacity within the nation and overcoming regional divides to seek collaborative solutions to common problems.
The main mandate of the Center is to encourage dialogue between the people of the Middle East and improve understanding and tolerance. Only through dialogue and positive engagement it will be possible to overcome hostility and conflict.
Based on such convictions ACPD has organized and taken part in tens of workshops and seminars, the purpose of which was to encourage Jordanian, Arabs and Israelis to air their concerns and to engage each others in a meaningful dialogue based on mutual respect.
A key aspect of ACPD’s success is its unique ability to bring people together across national and international divides.
The Singapore Business Federation
The Singapore Business Federation (SBF) is the apex business chamber championing the interests of the Singapore business community in the areas of trade, investment and industrial relations. It represents 24,200 companies, as well as key local and foreign business chambers. In July 2001, the Minister for Trade and Industry introduced a Bill in Parliament to establish the SBF Act, which was passed by Parliament and became law on 5 Oct 2001. The Federation was then established on 1 April 2002, with the aim of representing the business community’s interests both locally and overseas. Under the SBF Act, all Singapore-registered companies with share capital of S$0.5 million and above are members of SBF.
Headquartered in the heart of Paris, France, Institut Choiseul for International Politics and Geoeconomics is an independent research center that analyzes international relations, economic and political strategies as well as international cultures.The French think tank contributes to the massive body of international relations studies by examining the new balance of global power prevalent in the post-Cold War era from a geoeconomics perspective: a perspective which compliments the traditional vision of the international order as primarily geopolitical. In this respect, the institute conforms to the thought of French philosopher, sociologist and political scientist Raymond Aron. In 1997, then named the “European Institute of Geoeconomics”, the Institute created an academic journal of the same name, entitled Geoeconomics (in French, Géoéconomie), that broadened the field of international relations in adding to the discourse a consideration for economics as a powerful force involved in shaping inter-state and political interactions.
The research and activities of the institute equally seek to link the theoretical world with current events, and also seek to provide a European vision into the major geopolitical and economic issues. Pascal Lorot has been president of Institut Choiseul since 2003.
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Supporting Organizations are local government and non government entities, organizations and business associations supporting Global Trade Matters’ conferences through content recommendations, joint conference promotions, information exchange.
International Thought Exchange includes international think tanks, organizations and education institutions that have or continue to engage with Global Trade Matters on local, regional and international policy issues.